The use of oral corticosteroids (OCS) in should be considered a treatment failure. adults with asthma have used OCSs more than twice in a year. With acute respiratory complaints being such a large portion of Urgent Care visits, the need to asthma treatment is essential to Urgent Care (UC) medicine.
Short Term Treatments
Long Term Management
Patient education is a component to treatment both acutely and as part of a long term care solution. Patient’s may have come to expect treatment failure as routine, but by taking the time to inform and advise patients, these expectations can be adjusted and exacerbations accounted for at home
A key component to any Urgent Care visit for asthma is the continuity of care with patient’s primary care provider or pulmonary specialist. Checkout processes should be considered that would initiate a notification to patient’s chosen provider of treatment at UC and need for a follow-up visit.
-peak flow meter
subsets of population may require a spacer
-use of asthma/allergy adjuncts
-trigger exposure reduction